Coronavirus: Infecting Your Lungs or Your Mind?

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Are you freaking out about the Coronavirus?

 

You shouldn’t be.

Every year hundreds of thousands of people with compromised immune systems (yes you have to be one of these folks to worry at all) die from many things, not just the coronavirus.  The media, as usual with their, “if it bleeds it leads” mentality has blown the whole thing out of proportion.  It’s their job I get it.

To put this into context according to data provided by Dave Asprey author of, “Super Human”, over 600,000 people die every year in the U.S. from preventable heart disease and another 600,000 from cancer which is also largely preventable.  That’s over 1,000,000 deaths every single year (and climbing) in our country.

Why is no one emptying the shelves of toilet paper, water and cleaning supplies over this? Because we accept this as “normal”.  The media, big business and big government make sure it stays this way because there is money to be made hand over fist.  Trillions of dollars are at stake if people decide to take control of their health.

According to WHO (world health organization) the coronavirus, on the other hand, has claimed over 4,000 lives worldwide.  Most of them have been in China, and in the vast majority of cases it’s been people with an underlying health condition (compromised immune system) that have lost their lives.  It seems to me we should “make a trade” and not run out of toilet paper.

Don’t get me wrong those 4,000 people have loved ones and their loss is terrible, but that is much, much less suffering, financial ruin, economic strain and death than in the above example.  Not even close and it happens every single year…unnecessarily.

My idea for writing this post came from Dr. Samuel Paul Veissiere Ph.D. who wrote a great article titled, “The Coronavirus is Much Worse Than You Think: How COVID-19 is infecting our minds, not our lungs”  He shares an example in the first paragraph making very clear the extremely minimal risk of dying from COVID-19.  He compares it to a scheme where you decide to gamble all of your life savings despite 98% odds of losing everything.  Your chance of dying from COVID-19 is about the same as beating those odds.

This is simply your “overall” chance of dying. Unless you are very old, very young and/or in very poor health your chances of dying are next to nothing.  You have better odds of a meteor from space landing on your head in all probability.  He goes on to state that around 3 to 5 million people seek treatment for the flu worldwide every year, and between roughly 300,000 to 600,000 die.  COVID-19 is simply another strand of the flu, par for the course.

To quote Dr. Veissiere, “The Coronavirus is quite simply, and almost exclusively, a moral panic“.  Our minds have a tendency to gravitate towards scary numbers, scary things, disasters, bad news, epic failures and lastly just plan bad energy in my opinion.  People are always making a big deal out of things that are not for various reasons that Dr. Veissiere goes into.  It is something I have believed in for as long as I can remember.  As they say in the military, “calm under fire” too many of us are not.

One of the best things you can do is unplug from the craziness.  Our minds are simply not meant to process all the bad news we get hit with every single minute of every single day.  It’s not normal at all.  We are so afraid of “missing out” that we cant put our phones down and it is hurting us in a myriad of ways.

For starters, I have a habit of not looking at my phone the first hour after waking up, nor the last hour before going to bed and its WONDERFUL. I have been doing this long before COVID-19. You should try it sometime because it works, just let go.  We have control over our emotions, see COVID-19 for what it really is, and not what the media tells you it is.  Remember what your mom said? That’s right, everything you see on TV isn’t true;)

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Health Benefits Of Bone Broth

Bone broth!  Are you excited yet?:)

Bone broth is something you will find simmering away in most high quality restaurants.  Not only does it taste great and has many culinary uses but it is an extremely healthy addition to ones diet. You can purchase it at the store but the homemade version is much, much better with respect to the taste and nutrition profile.

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What is broth?

Bone broth is full of minerals which are accessed by simmering the bones of healthy animals. Many countries around the globe still consume broth on a regular basis as they recognize it is a cheap, and more importantly a nutrient dense food. Chances are your grandma made it and if she didn’t your great-grandma definitely did.  In the generations before us people knew how to eat for optimal health and if they managed to avoid the diseases of the day  (all but eradicated now) and poor medical care they typically enjoyed vibrant health for the most part. You can make broth out of the bones of fish, poultry, lamb, beef and bison.

Why include it in your diet?

If you want to boost your immune system and improve your digestion give it a try.  Personally when I eat my homemade beef bone broth I feel a very positive, visceral reaction to it.  It’s just one of those things that makes me feel good like dark leafy greens and veggies for example.  Its high in calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus which make it great for bone and tooth health.  It is also very high in collagen as well making it excellent for joints, hair, nails and skin (which I wrote about in my blog post Nutrition For Skin Health).

According to the book Gut and Psychology Syndrome bone broth can help improve digestion, allergies, immune health, brain health and more.  Proline and glycine, two amino acids vital for strong and healthy connective tissue (joints, ligaments, around organs, etc) are found in bone broth as well. Its one of those foods that has been used for hundreds if not thousands of years for its many health benefits.

Preparing bone broth

Cooking up a batch of homemade, nutrient dense broth is easy.  Again the homemade version is much better because you know exactly what’s in it. The store-bought version can contain MSG and other additives/chemicals you’d probably be better off not consuming.  Look for high quality bones, preferably from grass-fed, pastured animals that have been raised in their natural environment. The nutrient profile is very different in these animals compared to conventionally raised stock.

Some options for finding bones:

  • Your local butcher, especially if they butcher the whole animal
  • Ask around at your local farmers market for farmers who raise grass-fed animals
  • Save the leftovers when roasting any birds
  • You can purchase online from US Wellness Meats ( they also sell pre-made high quality broth and are an excellent source for healthy eating in general)

My favorite recipe

  • 2 pounds of bones (minimum) from a health source
  • 1 onion
  • 2 carrots
  • 1 small garlic bulb
  • 2 tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Herbs: parsley, cilantro, oregano, basil, bay leaves, cayenne pepper, sea salt and black pepper (all to taste).  I mix this up from time to time so feel free to experiment!

Place bones and veggies in a slow cooker.  Add the vinegar on top of bones and fill cooker with filtered water until all bones are just covered.  Add spices, turn on low or simmer 48 hours for beef stock (24 hours for poultry, 8 hours for fish).

When finished strain broth into storable container, you just want to eat the broth nothing else. Serve immediately and/or place in fridge to cool.  After several hours you will see a kind of hard film form on the top which I scrape off.  Any broth not eaten after seven days or so should be frozen for later.

Uses of broth

I enjoy a plain, warm cup on occasion especially when its cold out.  Typically however I use it to make homemade soups & stews.  I like to add fresh red onion, carrot, squash or sweet potato, spices etc. Others use it for things like gravies and sauces.  I’ve also read whisking an egg with a cup of broth and adding some salt tastes great. I love to pour some on top of a veggie stir fry with quinoa and grass-fed beef or liver.  Tasty people, just tasty!

During flu and cold season broth can be very helpful as it goes down easy no matter how your feeling but especially when sick.  It’s very soothing and easy to digest and may very well shorten the duration of illness.

Ready to try some broth? Do you already make it? Please share your suggestions and any questions, I would love to hear from you!

Bart Thurman

Break-Free, Own Your Health